September 8, 2014

Did Mark Udall Really Say Executed Journalists Would Want Cautious Approach Against ISIS?

National Review’s Eliana Johnson reports on a troubling moment from Saturday evening’s U.S. Senate debate between Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

In the course of an hour-long debate with Gardner in Grand Junction, Colo., Udall said that “ISIL does not present an imminent threat to this nation.” He cited his membership on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee to substantiate that assertion, and he even invoked the names of the American journalists murdered at the hands of the Islamic State in the course of his pleas for restraint.

“I can tell you,” Udall said, “Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, don’t be impulsive. Horrible and barbarous as those executions were, don’t be impulsive, come up with a plan to knock ISIL back.”